Booktopia Buzz
August 2010 | Edition 23
Welcome to the tail end of winter! I love this time of year for books. We start to get some really interesting titles, great reads, books that might otherwise get lost once the big guns come out for the Christmas season.

This month I bring you a review of Room, which had me absolutely captivated from start to finish. It was definitely a one night read. No choice. Had to finish it.

I have also highlighted a very special picture book, Mirror for which we have a very special competition as well as the film-tie in editions of a young adult series, The Tomorrow series, which has been around since forever but bears discovering again and again.

Much of my selection this month is based around Father's Day , although I haven't gone completely blokey. For sheer inspiration, look no further than Jessica Watson's account of her around the world solo sail, in True Spirit. And there are some huge names back - another (better) edition of 4 Ingredients, and Rhonda Byrne (aka The Secret) brings us The Power, for which we are already taking orders hand over fist.

And if you want to know what has been the most fun this month, it is reading all your entries for the Popular Penguin competition . I have one more winner to pick and you have until midnight on July 31 to enter so go for it!

That's all from me for now,

Happy reading!

Toni Whitmont
Booktopia Buzz
I know, you are thinking it is still too cold to be thinking about Father's Day , but in fact, it is only a little over four weeks away. And if you can't stand the idea of going to the shops, you could easily get yourself sorted right here, right now. The majority of the books I have selected for this newsletter have been chosen with the blokes in mind.

Click here for more details or to buy a Signed Copy of the Ray Martin : Stories of My Life bookWe will have our very extensive Father's Day selection on web early next week and if you can't find what you want there, you really aren't trying.

Click here to read more or buy a signed copy of Peter FitzSimons' A Simpler TimeMeanwhile, if SIGNED editions are his thing, we have limited numbers in stock of the memoirs of two iconic Aussie dads, Ray Martin and Peter FitzSimons.

They have both had fascinating lives, they are both much beloved, and having read missives cover to cover, I can tell you that they both tell a great yarn.

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Click here for more details or to buy True Spirit The Aussie Girl Who Took on the World

Jessica Watson

There is something different about adventurers, about the way their minds work. They look at the world as a place of challenges and though they know what fear is, they refuse to be hindered by it.
Australia held its breath as 17 year old Jessica Watson completed her last days of her solo around the world sail a few weeks ago. She has been holed up writing True Spirit ever since. In her book, she will reveal  in detail her preparation, her journey and her battle with sleep deprivation, gale-force winds, mountainous seas, natural hazards like whales and icebergs and holding firm against the solitude that most of us can only imagine. The name Jessica Watson is now part of sailing history. She joins Jesse Martin and Kay Cottee as someone all Australians can be inspired by. Jessica Watson is a dreamer who dares to do.

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Click here for more details or to buy The Power Rhonda Byrne

Her intention is: joy to billions. She began her journey with The Secret film, viewed by millions across the planet. She followed with The Secret book, a worldwide bestseller now available in 46 languages.
Now, with The Power, Rhonda Byrne continues her groundbreaking work, as she reveals the single greatest force in our universe. Based on the groundbreaking DVD, Rhonda gathered together a superb team of authors, ministers, and teachers to bring forth her vision.
Through the hundreds of thousands of letters received from the readers of The Secret and her three years of extensive research, Rhonda Byrne has reached an extraordinary level of insight - and presents her profound revelations here in her own voice.     
Full colour interior design with decorative elements throughout to signal a change in voice. The  4-colour artwork is an integral part of the experience, each image chosen to support the text and highlight key points and is original to the book
This is the handbook to the greatest power in the universe - The Power to have everything you want.

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Australian author
Available August 17
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Click here to read more or buy a copy of Emma Donoghue's RoomROOM by Emma Donoghue

August and September in Australia is a feast for fantastic fiction. The huge names, and the ephemera come into the market from October on, as publishers vie for a slice of the Christmas market. Meanwhile, late winter-early spring is the time for terrific books which would otherwise get lost in the stampede for the Christmas stocking. Further on in the newsletter, I bring you my pick of the sleepers . Meanwhile, I can't wait till people start reading and talking about Emma Donoghue's brilliant offering. I have been sitting on this review for months and  I am delighted to see it has just made the long list for the Man Booker Prize.

Jack and Ma live in Room. He sleeps in Wardrobe. Occasionally he makes a tower out of Table and Chair and peaks up at Outside through a skylight. Jack and Ma have no one else, except for the nightly visits from Old Nick.

Room is narrated through the voice of the innocent five year old Jack, whose obsession with counting is the only clue to his anxiety. In fact, in his day to day life, Jack is perfectly happy with his mother, in their room, which turns out to be a locked-down sound-proofed garden shed into which his mother has been incarcerated for seven years. Ma attends to his needs, they have a routine which involves minimalist cooking and washing, exercise, endless re-reading of the handful of books, making toys from toilet paper rolls and food wrappers, playing word games. Jack is happy.

Ma of course is not. And while this valiant woman protects her son from the predations of her aggressor, she comes up with an escape plan that depends on her boy having to deal with Outside on his own.

Room is one of those books that demands attention. Once you start reading it, you just have to finish it. It is intense, claustrophobic and utterly compelling. Emma Donoghue's special talent is to be able to speak authentically through the voice of the five year old Jack whose skewed wide-eyed innocence provides a filter for the awfulness that is Ma's life. In fact, we have to imagine what Ma has actually gone through because Jack never witnesses it. While Donoghue gives us an insight into those awful cases of men locking up women for years, and the effects of such incarceration once the barriers have finally come down, she also gives us a wonderful new take on the meaning of being a good mother.

Room will appeal to both readers of mass market and more literary fiction, men and women and is tailor made for reading groups.

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Click here to read more or buy Mirror by Jeannie Baker MIRROR by Jeannie Baker

When I first saw a finished copy of the peerless Mirror I knew that I was holding in my hand a book that was quite unique.

This is the kind of picture book I would have loved to have when my kids were still in primary school. For a start, it is stunningly beautiful, full of Baker's wonderfully imaginative collages, fabric work and embellishments, and you can see what I mean by looking at the internal images we have loaded here (as well information about just how she managed to create those images).

But it is so much more than just beautiful.   It comprises two wordless parallel stories that link two boys worlds apart. The book can be read front to back or back to front as is appropriate given its settings in both a suburb in Sydney and a village in Morocco. This is a book to look at, to talk about and to share with a child over the age of five. From the point of view of an adult however, this is also a book to treasure.

I should also point out that this hardback is actually two books in one, and includes a title page and introduction in both English (at the front) and Arabic (at the back - or in fact, at the front if you are used to reading in Arabic). I have never seen a book designed like this before.

Now the best bit. One lucky purchaser of Mirror will win a signed backlist  pack of Jeannie Baker picture books including favourites such as  Window, Belonging, Home -  an incalculable addition to your home picture book collection.

1. Email me with your order number for Mirror
2. Tell me your best memory of sharing a picture book when you were a child.

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Click here to read more or buy 4 Ingredients Kim McCosker, Rachael Bermingham and Deepak Chopra

You can have your Heston Blumenthals, you can even have your Kylie Kwongs, but if you want to know what real people cook in their kitchens every night, you know you'll be referring to McCosker and Bermingham.

This is the fourth book in a best-selling series which has sold over two million copies in Australia and New Zealand in the last three years. In fact, 4 Ingredients was the best-selling non-fiction book in Australia in  2007, 2008 and 2009.

4 Ingredients, one dish. What is really exciting about 4 Ingredients Fast Fresh and Healthy is that it is a collaboration with Deepak Chopra- so not only do you get 340 all new recipes that are quick, easy and use ingredients you don't have to cross town for, you know you are doing something for your health and wellness with every dish you prepare.

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Australian authors
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Click here to read more or buy Tomorrow When The War Began by John MarsdenTOMORROW WHEN THE WAR BEGAN by John Marsden

At last - John Marsden's Tomorrow series is coming to the screen and I am telling you, that once you read Tomorrow When the War Began, you will want to go on to all seven of this seminal series.

Set texts in many schools for about Year Eight, Marsden has created one hell of a good story centering around a group of country kids who come back from a few days remote camping to find that war has come to the Australian bush and their little town is under siege.

The wonderful thing about this series is that there is something in there for everyone. In Ellie we have a wonderfully feisty but vulnerable female lead. There is enough burgeoning feelings amongst the group to keep readers who like relationship books happy. There is plenty of gritty, realistic action to satisfy those who like things to keep moving. And there is not a vampire or a werewolf in sight.

John Marsden is a very well respected Australian author and educator and all of these books have been in print for ages. I can tell you that the entire series has been read (and listened to on CDs) by all members of my household, and we cover both sexes and a wide range of ages. Marsden is apparently happy with the film version which is great, but if you haven't discovered this series yet, get into it because as good as the big screen is, it can't possible give you as much reading pleasure as seven fabulous books passed around the whole family.

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Matterhorn Image Karl Malentes

Karl Malantes went to Vietnam a young man and returned home with two Purple Hearts, ten bravery awards and a growing conviction that nothing could every be the same again. A graduate of Yale, and a Rhodes scholar, he has taken thirty years to write his first novel, a fictionalised account of the battle for one hill, a hill that the Americans called The Matterhorn.
This is just about as compelling a novel on war as it is possible to write. Get any closer and you'd call it memoir of his time in hell. There are times when you want to escape from the horror but can't bring yourself to put the book down.
Anyone who still believes it is sweet and glorious to die for one's country should read Matterhorn, but really, so should everyone else. There cannot be a more graphic and beautifully written novel about war.
There is a lot more to this book. It is not always easy. But you know within a few pages that you are about to embark on a terrible journey, bloody and disturbing and stomach-turning, but one you have to take if you want to truly know what soldiers endured in Vietnam and why they came back the way they did.

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Click here to read more or buy Anthropology of an American Girl by Hilary Thayer Hamann Hilary Thayer

This ambitious work explores the sexual and intellectual awakening of a young American woman struggling to remain true to herself as she encounters love, passion, and death amid the challenges and heartbreaks of growing up. Newly edited and revised by the editor of The Kite Runner, this originally self-published novel is an extraordinary piece of writing, original in its vision and thrilling in its execution.
All the buzz about this one  centres around readers who have identified with the sexual and intellectual awakening of its heroine, a young woman on the brink of adulthood.
This moving depiction of the transformative power of first love follows the character Eveline Auerbach from her high school years in East Hampton, New York, in the 1970s through to her early adulthood in the moneyed, high-pressured Manhattan of the 1980s.
And what about this for a review?
(This book) is, among other things, a stern rebuke to chick lit everywhere. Coming in at some 600 pages, it reminds us that all human lives are potentially sacred; that no lives should be judged and dismissed out of hand; that young women, though seen for eons as primarily just attractive objects, actually possess soul and will and sentience. (From the Washington Post.

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Click here to read more or buy The Genesis Flaw by L. A. Larkin L A Larkin

With climate change on everyone's mind, there's no shortage of eco-thrillers on the market....but this Australian based debut deserves a place among the big names.
The Genesis Flaw is set in a near future where genetically engineered crops supply most of the world's food. Unknown to the public, they are triggering dangerous changes in human DNA and there is a conspiracy to hide the truth.
The appeal of this book is not so much the science but the characters and the tension (sexual and otherwise) between them...This book is a sweaty-palm page-turner with short chapters and loads of action - the literary equivalent of The Day After Tomorrow or Lost - ie exciting, compulsive reading.
(Review from Australian Bookseller and Publisher Magazine)

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Click here to buy Errol, Fidel Boyd Anderson

The sub-genre of historical fiction is growing as authors discover footnotes to history as ripe fodder. Anderson finds inspiration in the story of lothario Errol Flynn in the last year of his life. An alcoholic and in huge debt after a series of flops and a string of scandalous relationships, he dreams up the idea of making a movie in Cuba, where Fidel Castro and his rebel forces are in the process of overpowering the Batista regime. Admired by Castro, he is given unprecedented access to the revolution in action.
The juxtaposition of the careers of the two heroes is intriguing, one on the ascendancy and the other on a downward spiral and the relationship is fascinating because it is true. Though Anderson could have used this material for nonfiction, the guise of a novel has allowed him freedom..and the experience for readers in enhanced because of it.
(Review from Australian Bookseller and Publisher Magazine)

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Errol, Fidel and the Cuban Rebel Girls
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Click here to buy The Lost Symbol OK, so you are not the literary fiction type. You are more P.D. James than James Joyce, Michael Connelly than Michel Houellebecq.

No problems. Look no further than here for the books that are going to be everywhere, and I mean everywhere, this month - starting with Dan Brown's The Lost Symbol in paperback at last.

So if it is action, suspense and thrills that you are after, check out our top sellers here (look in the right hand column)

Click here to buy The Making of Modern Australia William McInnes

McInnes of course is a well-loved actor as well as increasingly a well-loved author and in this book he puts his own spin on what is proving to be very popular television series. 
For the last three years, the ABC has been collecting true stories from Australians in order to tell the history of Australia since 1945. Those stories are funny, sad, large events or small details of everyday life, and go together to form a people's history of Australian life from the end of the second world war to today.
Those few television viewers who haven't been obsessed with MasterChef have been glued to this series and now McInnes  has written it up in own warm, engaging and accessible style.
By the way, this makes a marvellous companion volume to A Simpler Time by Peter FitzSimons, reviewed earlier in the newsletter.

Customers buying this book will have a chance to enter the publisher's Father's Day promotion which will see one lucky dad winning a $2000 gift voucher for the experience of his choice from Red Balloon. Details are stickered on the book.
  Click here to buy Cruiser Mike Carlton

Anyone who read those extracts in the weekend press recently will already be fascinated by this compelling Australian story. Broadcaster Mike Carlton has been fascinated by the story of the tragic fate of the HMAS Perth and the World War Two battle which saw it sunk off the coast of Java for more than two decades.
Carlton has meticulously researched his topic, and spoken in detail to the few survivors.
He has a brilliant feel for the everyday thoughts, emotions and routines of the Perth's sailors, so in between his terrifying vivid battle scenes there are great descriptions of what sandwiches the sailors were eating, which ships they were friendly with and the lingo and superstitions they traded in.
  Click here to buy Bonobo Handshake Vanessa Woods

Woods takes us with her to darkest Africa to meet our nearest relative, the nearly extinct bonobo.
Funny, adventurous, and heartbreaking. this book illuminates extraordinary courage in both people and animals.
Sara Gruen, author of  Water For Elephants loves it and it comes with a swag load of complimentary reviews.
Don't think that this is just a book about apes. It's a love story, an adventure story, and a political education about a country that has seen more tragedy and inhumanity than you can imagine. Above all, it's an introduction to creatures who have every claim to being more human, in the best sense of the word, than we are.
This is not your typical science book. It is about living science.

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Click here to buy Skaifey If there was ever a time for books on sport, in all its manifestations, it is the month leading up to Father's Day.

We will have the full range of dad books up on the website on August 1. Meantime, to whet your appetite, or to get the gift giving sorted nice and early, I've highlighted some of the most interesting here.

My pick? Look no further than SKAIFEY: LIFE IN THE FAST LANE by Mark Skaife and Andrew Clarke.

Mark Skaife, the most successful driver in Australian motor sport history, in his own words. Five touring car championships, five Bathursts, and a record surpassing the late Peter Brock's 37 championship round victories. Want to know about commitment and changing the face of the sport in this country? Skaifey is for you.

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Click here to buy Johnny Lewis JOHNNY LEWIS:
The Biography by
Paul Kent

Boxing is one of those sports that absolutely polarises people. For some, it is an anathema. For others, there is something noble in its visceral brutality.
Of all of the personalities in Australian boxing, none is more fascinating than Johnny Lewis. He has trained six world champions including Jeff Fenech, Jeff Hardy and Kostya Tszyu. He has had a tough life and he knows all about struggle. He also knows all about winning. Now for the first time, read the story of the the Bart Cummings of the ring.

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Click here to buy First Tests FIRST TESTS:
Great Australian Cricketers and the back yards that made them
by Steve Cannane

Don Bradman, Neil Harvey, Doug Walters, Alan Davidson, Greg Chappell. They weren't born great. They had greatness thrust upon them - thrust by otherwise barren childhoods, or really competitive siblings or the weird shape of a tank stand used  for rebound practice or a yard full of cobblestones which made the ball bounce any which way. Hostile brothers, dodgy pitches and make-do out fields pushed otherwise handy players into the halls of legend.

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Australian author
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Click here to buy Harold LarwoodHAROLD LARWOOD
Duncan  Hamilton

The Bodyline saga has been told before, but Larwood's story has not. Using materials provided by the fast bowler's family, Duncan Hamilton has created an intimate and compelling portrait of Larwood's life: from his mining village upbringing, through the trauma of 1932-3 and its bitter aftermath, to his emigration to Australia, where he and his family found happiness. A moving recreation of the triumph, betrayal and redemption of a working-class hero, Harold Larwood will enthrall not only cricket fans, but all those who relish biographical writing of the highest quality.

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So many interesting military books to choose from at this time of year. We will have a great selection up in our Father's Day catalogue from August 1. Meanwhile, here are the two that really piqued my interest.


Click here to buy The Changi Brownlow Roland Perry

Well known author Perry has combined his two great loves in this story of heroism - his love of sport and his love of military history in this story of mateship, sacrifice and true grit.
This is the moving, powerful and surprising story of a group of Australian POWs who organised an Australian Rules competition under the worst conditions imaginable - inside Changi prison. This is a military history book with a quirky difference, combining popular Australian history with sporting heroism. while at the same time, it gives unique insights into both the hellish conditions of that notorious camp as well as into the true invincibility of the human spirit.

Customers buying this book will have a chance to enter the publisher's Father's Day promotion which will see one lucky dad winning a $2000 gift voucher for the experience of his choice from Red Balloon. Details are stickered on the book.

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The Changai Brownlow
Australian author
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Click here to buy Bad Characters Peter Stanley

The choice of jacket image tells the story. The men all signed the photo, sent it to their commanding officer and then deserted and disappeared from history, presumably to assume another identity and float into a different life, far from the front. There is no record of any of them dying, nor of them returning to this country.
Stanley is an extremely well- credentialed military historian, and in this latest book he puts the ANZAC myth into context by telling the story of the Diggers of the Great war who were not heroes - those who committed offences, who deserted, robbed and murdered, those who took part in riots, strikes and mutinies.
People may not want to own this part of Australian history, but it is part of us nonetheless.
A fascinating read.

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Australian author

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It is certainly clear from MasterChef that real men cook, and they don't just serve up a mixed grill and a beer. Of course, if that is his fancy and he works well with Click here to Grillhousea pair of tongs, give him GRILLHOUSE (you can see i nside the book here), Ross Dobson's book on the gastropub at home. He probably deserves the revised and updated Click here to buy Beer version of Greg Duncan Powell's BEER as well - 34 additional beers and presentation to toast to. Look inside Beer here.

Our Father's Day selection (August 1 on the Booktopia site ) will have many more to choose from. Meanwhile, I have included a couple of other food and drink gems below just to get the salivary glands going.

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Australian Author
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Australian Author
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Click here to buy Red Spice Road John McLeay

If spice is your thing (as in Thai Street Food and Spirit House ), you are going to love this inspirational book by well-known Melbourne restaurateur. Combining centuries-old recipes with modern ingredients and know-how, John McLeay shares his love of all things Asian - including of course, cocktails. There is a basic cooking section as well and with the package designed with black gilding and a stunning silk screen printed material cover, this makes a mouth-watering coffee table book as well.

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The Red Spice Road Cookbook
Australian author
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Click here to buy The Cocktail Bible Steve Quirk

Chop up the garnishes, frost the cocktail glasses and prepare to shake (or stir) up a storm!
This book includes tips for creating the perfect drink, interesting facts about spirits and more than 800 pages of stunning photography. This is a cocktail book for experts and novices alike and when it isn't being used at the bar, it will be being drooled over on the coffee table.

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Australian author

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Click here to buy Ars Sacra ARS SACRA by Rolf Toiman

How many of us have spend a lifetime's savings going to Europe to look at the two millenia of art, architecture, painting and sculpture? We go into church after church to worship. But are we worshiping God or Jesus or Mary? The answer for most people is no. What we are really worshiping is two thousand years of inspirational creation carried out by absolutely exemplary artists.

I say that because Ars Sacra (Sacred Art) is a superbly put together compendium of  Christian art. In a sense, it is the book version of all those churches, cathedrals, galleries, palaces, public places, icons, frescoes, friezes, sarcophogii, manuscripts and gargoyles. It is the summation of virtually the sole expression of European art for more than a thousand years. That art  went on to resonate, develop and evolve to the present day, and it is all covered magnificently in this generous tome. Ars Sacra is the European grand tour in a book. In fact, it is the guided specialist tour that most of us will never be able to afford. With its clear and lovely reproductions, insightful commentary and wonderful production, quite frankly you will be able to get a lot closer to those treasures from this book than you will from standing 10 deep and gazing at a Tintoretto in a gallery, or trying to pick out from the ground the features of a flying buttresses disappearing into that flat grey wintery sky.

Ars Sacra is huge. It must weight something like 11 kilos and its 800 pages have more than 2000 colour images. It is presented  shrink-wrapped with a simply breathtaking cover design of a bejewelled golden treasure with a two process dust jacket spelling out the title which allows glimpses through to the image behind.

Do have a look at the internal images from the book here.
Ars Sacra is a book for a lifetime.

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Click here to buy Gahan Wilson Bet you never thought
you would be reading a review of this in Booktopia Buzz!
In fact, this is an absolutely stunning collection of witty, satirical and off-beat cartoons and not a bare bod in sight. I had this on my desk for days (before reluctantly giving it back) and I have never been so popular in the office.
Gahan Wilson was the official Playboy cartoonist from the beginning and this  well priced five volume hardback boxed set with a clever acetate insert is a must for anyone with a keen eye for  this mad life of ours as well as a sense of humour. It also includes some of Wilson's short stories and an appreciation by none other than Neil Gaiman.
A great gift for Father's Day, this is one for the collectors.

For a more thorough description of the book, and a look inside, click here.

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Click here to buy Fashion Mitchell Oakley

Not since the early 1980s has there been such a comprehensive survey of Australia and New Zealand's most influential, dynamic and creative fashion designers. Seventy profiles of leading contemporary designers from Akira and Zimmerman to the globally renown Easton Pearson and sass & bide, and new generation artists such as Romance Was Born and Dion Lee, this luscious new book covers a vast spectrum of cutting-edge fashion.
The ultimate reference, this is a visual feast, richly illustrated and stylishly designed. An indispensable who's who, it celebrates our distinctive and innovative design talent.

Click here to view  internal images from the book.

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Australian author

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9781444901320 I just love bringing you the best of young adult reading! There is such bravery and energy in this genre, and many of these books are too good to reserve simply for the under 17s.

If you want to get excited this month, you'll want to know about these.

SHADOW WAVE (CHERUB 12) by Robert Muchamore

This is James' last mission as at 18, he was to leave the organisation. And the tsunami is more than he bargained for.

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Release date August 26

Click here to buy Graffiti MoonGRAFFITI MOON by Cath Crowley

No one gets inside the head of Australian teens better than teacher and author Cath Crowley. In Graffiti Moon, it is the end of year 12 and Lucy is looking for Shadow, the graffiti artist everyone talks about while Ed, the last guy she wants to see, says he can help her find the mystery man.

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Australian author
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9780545123280LINGER by Maggie Stiefvater.
You have been buying book 1, Shiver, in droves. Book 2 ups the ante even further.

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Father's Day

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Toni's book of the month

Toni's picture book of the month

4 Ingredients - even better

Toni's young adult read of the month

The best in quality fiction

The best in popular fiction

More great nonfiction titles


Matters military

Bar or table

Exceptionally visual books
Teens and up

Your September "must-have" list

Winners from our Popular Penguins competition


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In paperback at last!
9781840329544 BAD BOY
Peter Robinson

DCI Banks like you have never seen him before

9780007219766 THE BURNING LAND
Bernard Cornwell

The fifth in his magnificent historical series - Vikings, Wessex, King Alfred and a kingdom on the precipice.

9780007288007 EMPIRE OF SILVER
Conn Iggulden
More for historical fiction buffs and the latest in a series proven to be a winner. Genghis Khan is dead. How will his son shape up?
9781405039888 THE DELTA
Tony Park

An assassination attempt in Zimbabwe, a body search in Botswana's Okavango Delta, Tony Park is back to his best.
Here is Tony Park having a bit of fun with our Five Facetious Questions. And here for something a little more serious as he answers our Ten Terrifying Questions.

9780007295708 HANGMAN
Faye Kellerman

A sociopath on the loose and Kellerman is at her suspenseful best.

9781846054730 DON'T BLINK
James Patterson & Howard Roughan
The scariest Mafia book since The Godfather.

THE ADVENTURES OF OOK AND GLUK, KUNG-FU CAVEMEN FROM THE FUTURE 9780545175302by George Beard and Harold Hutchins

This is loads of fun for the 7+ boys from the house of Dav Pilkey whose proven graphic slapstick formula has seen hundreds of thousands of
Captain Underpants entertain, amuse and encourage (mainly boys) to read.
Cavemen, time travel, righting wrongs and a whole heap of silliness.


DBC Pierre
(Toni's Tip: I'm half way through and its brilliant)

9780007318520 FREEDOM
Jonathan Franzen

9781406328813CLOCKWORK ANGEL
(Infernal Devices Book 1)
Cassandra Clare

(Hunger Games 3)
Suzanne Collins


Wow, you guys seriously like Popular Penguins, and who can blame you? More than 170 classic titles, a
fantastic price point and four 20 volume libraries of choice up for grabs.
We have been absolutely swamped with responses.
I asked entrants to explain what  it is about those books that they love and this is the kind of response I have had...

The Popular Penguin I am most looking forward to reading is Karl Marx' A Communist Manifesto,
as I am feeling deeply despondent about our choices in the upcoming Federal election!

(Just kidding, I'm really looking forward to reading Dave Eggers' How we are Hungry because I really enjoy his unusual writing style and love, especially their Open Letter To Someone Likely To Respond section. They are generally quite hilarious.
(from Elise Davidson).

Ten years ago I bought a lovely book of Beowulf translated by Seamus Heaney for my husband's 30th birthday.
It was truly beautiful, with original text on one page and translations on the opposite page.  My partner enjoyed it so much that he told everyone he meet, readily offering to lend it whenever someone showed a slight interest, just as soon as he had finished it.  And true to his word the second he finished reading it he promptly handed it to a work colleague.  Needless to say he never saw the book again and yet he is ok with that.  He is happy to believe that his friends are still passing it around amongst themselves enjoying the story.
Yet for years I have always harboured that twinge of annoyance and guilt.  Did I only purchase the book as a gift for him because I wanted to read it?  Yes I think I did.  He has changed work, we have changed cities, and life changed and yet my need to read this book has not changed.  Then fate showed me the 75 Popular Penguins competition.   My chance to have and hold the story I wanted to read for so long but have held back from, not wanting to expose my selfishness.  That side of me, which compulsively buys and collects books, for no better reason then just to possess them.
So the answer to the competition question, which popular penguin title I am most looking forward to reading is not actually the popular penguin book I brought.  I collected the 'Three Tales from the Arabian Nights ' for nostalgic reasons.  The children's version of Aladdin and Sinbad and Ali Baba and his 40 thieves are some of my favourite stories and I will thoroughly enjoy reading more of these wonderful tales.  I am content to leave it to fate to determine whether or not the Beowulf book will one day come my way.   But just between you and me, this year in September, when my husband turns 40, he's getting a 'rock paper scissors lizard spock' t-shirt.
(from Miss Shell)

The competition is still open until the end of the month so feel free to enter here.
Meanwhile we have drawn the first three lucky winners.

Congratulations to Faye O'Brien of Sandhurst VIC, Maggie Kenworthy of Seven Mile Beach Tasmania and Felicity Kerkham of Waitara, NSW.


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